Michele Colbert, vice president of sales and marketing at Meritech Corp., warns that alcohol-based hand antiseptics do not work against the virus. The only effective strategy for killing the virus is using strong chemicals, like bleach, that would damage hands. Yet washing soap and warm water can remove the virus sufficiently well to prevent contamination.
So what’s a food worker to do? The CDC has issued specific guidelines for the best method of handwashing, in the following steps:
1. Wash hands with clean, running water, turn water off, and apply soap. Although many people believe that hot water is essential for a complete wash, the CDC does not require a specific temperature, and several studies have shown no difference in cleanliness with hot water.